After receiving a two-year ban for his involvement in the Ram Slam match-fixing scandal, Lancashire have confirmed that Alviro Petersen will not play for the club.
The former Proteas and Lions opener was suspended for two years by Cricket South Africa on Wednesday after admitting to 13 breaches of CSA’s Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel.
The Old Trafford-based Lancashire issued a statement after the announcement of Petersen’s ban, saying: ‘Lancashire County Cricket Club respects the outcome of the recent proceedings between Alviro Petersen and Cricket South Africa, and as such can confirm that the player won’t be playing for the club in the 2017 season.’
Until recently, prospects appeared good that the 36-year-old, whose two-year deal ended at the completion of the last English season, would be back with them in 2017.
‘If they want me to come back then I’ll be back … we’ll chat about it,’ Petersen told Manchester Evening News in September.
Petersen had a great 2016 campaign for his side, scoring 1 134 County Championship runs at an average of just under 50, including three centuries and six half-centuries.
Petersen, however, cannot be involved in any international or domestic matches sanctioned by CSA or the ICC until November 12, 2018.
It is unclear whether the 36-year-old will try to resume his first-class career after the suspension comes to an end.